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The Three Things, Edition 45

By: Lindsay Bell | August 25, 2013 | 
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The Three Things

By Lindsay Bell-Wheeler

Welcome to the 45th edition of The Three Things, the weekly update of three links, podcasts, videos, or books you can’t miss from  Michael Schechter (Honora, A Better Mess), Howie Goldfarb (Blue Star Strategic Marketing), and yours truly, Lindsay Bell.

For those of you new to this series, The Three Things arrives in your inbox on Sunday mornings (unless you don’t subscribe, but that can easily be fixed if you hurry over and enter your email address or add to your RSS feed) so you have some extra time to spend perusing the obscure content we’ve curated for you (and one another) before your week begins and deadlines, meetings, and work takes over.

This week we look at ‘running to stand still': More efficient and better organized note taking, failure, and why it’s such a naughty word, and the terrible toll the struggle to succeed takes on people.

Bullet Journal: An analog note-taking system for the digital age

Michael on note taking. If, like Gini, you love to use paper to help guide your daily actions, you’re going to love the system proposed by Bullet Journal. It’s a great system for “Rapid Logging” tasks, note, events, and just about anything else you’d want to capture on paper. It also provides tactics for properly referencing and accessing your notes, which may appeal to those who struggle to make the most of all of the material in their notebooks. It’s also a damn fine looking website, so be sure to check it out on your desktop.

Twenty Things You Didn’t Know About…The “F” Word

Howie on the F word.

This is a great article giving perspective on failure. Great people fail. Brilliant people fail. Why is it often as taboo a word as that other F word?

Google the NASA Program Genesis. It was a probe that collected solar wind. Upon re-entry after three years in space, the sensor (from my company) that was supposed to alert the parachutes to deploy didn’t work – the chutes had been installed backwards. So instead of a helicopter pick-up, the probe instead crashed to the ground, at 200mph, in front of hundreds. Luckily 90% of the cargo was salvaged. The mission was a success. The landing a definite failure.

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

Lindsay on false hero status. It’s not news that extreme achievers are put on a pedestal these days. People forever post Facebook status updates about how busy they are, how much stress they’re under (and yes, I’m guilty as charged), or how little they slept last night. It seems we’re trying to ‘out-stress’ each other in a mad scramble to win the Who’s Having a Nervous Breakdown contest. But let’s face it. Most of us are small-fry in the stress department compared to that brave club I would NEVER want to be a member of – the entrepreneurs.

For all the multi-million dollar start-up success stories out there, there are an equal number – if not more – of dismal failures. Of marriage breakups, bankruptcies, depression, anxiety and even suicide. In fact, many of the *successes* went through the same perilous, ‘wire-walking across the Grand Canyon’ times of barely keeping it together, before things turned around for them. Luckily, they made it through. This article speaks specifically of the high-achievers out there *koff Gini* – but I think it’s a valuable read for all of us, as we all struggle to keep up in this insane world.

Now it’s your turn. Is there a podcast, video, book, or article you think we need to see?

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at Arment Dietrich, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

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LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

This is an awesometastic round up this week folks! 

Howie (it won't let me tag you since obviously you are a ninja)- the concept of failure, how we perceive it (both individually and sociologically) and how we channel that perception is something I'm sort of obsessed with (hence I seem to continue to write about it ad nauseum), so I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this. I actually just ordered 'Brilliant Blunders' to read, which will combine my geek-rific science obsession with my nerd-ismic study of failure in one amazing duo! I will let you all know my thoughts! 

And @belllindsay as someone who not only works with many entrepreneurs, but has also played that role myself for most of my professional career, this article fantastic in so many ways (and that's all I'm going to say because if I go on I'll launch into a novel and then Livefyre will probably block me again.

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

Lots of food for thought in these three!! The f word one reminded me of the line in my friend Chris's podcast "it's only failure if you give up" (the whole piece here: http://www.runrunlive.com/progress-not-perfection). The entrepreneurship piece was interesting too.  When I see kids who (in my opinion) aren't technically ADHD but rather are a little louder, a little less inclined to do rote worksheets, a little more energetic/not willing to sit still being medicated and in other ways "quieted" in our school system by medication and derision, I wonder if we're snuffing out the next generation's entrepreneurs -- that tendency to hypomania doesn't magically appear when they're adults. But I do LOVE the idea of taking the stigma off of depression and fear. Props to those who were quoted for that. (And I do know there are kids who legitimately should be on medication for ADHD/not saying that's not the case).

Lastly, for a share, I have to preface the share. Politically, I'm on the side of the US President. However, when his staff tweeted a (very) grammatically incorrect tweet the other day (about education of all things), I couldn't help tweeting a gentle correction. Turns out someone who is NOT on the side of the president included that tweet in a compilation of others who tweeted the correction (many not so gently), Predictably, the comments took a turn that is all about politics and hardly at all about grammar. Attention to detail matters. Here's the compilation: bit.ly/162mUpC

jkempAPR
jkempAPR

@ginidietrich I didn't have enough characters to say "It's not what you think"... haha! :)

belllindsay
belllindsay

@biggreenpen Do all those idiots actually believe the POTUS writes his own tweets...?? LMAO! That is pretty funny though. And to your point re: boys, I have a 14 yearl old heading to high school in a few weeks (G'ah!!) and yes, the school system is terribly biased against boys natural exuberance. There's a school here in Ontario that does sports for the first hour of the day for the boys - I love that idea - get's their ya-yas out, so to speak, before chaining them to their desks. 

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@belllindsay @biggreenpen Yeah, the comments took a decidedly uninformed turn. I knew it was a staff member who wrote the tweet but still......basic grammar! // Sounds like that school in Ontario may definitely be on to something!

belllindsay
belllindsay

@biggreenpen By the way, I wasn't including YOU in the idiots - LMAO! But so many people were taking pot-shots at Obama!!